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A Royal Masquerade

(The Tales of Ambia #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Burndee can barely tolerate the mischievous Prince Colin, but the two of them are invariably thrown together in a way that keeps them at one another’s throats.

While attending a noblewoman’s wedding, Burndee and Colin’s private feud comes to a climax when Burndee loses his temper and does the unthinkable. With Prince Colin unable to attend to his royal duties and Burndee b
Paperback, 1st Edition, 129 pages
Published November 7th 2018 (first published November 2018)
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Allison Tebo
Feb 14, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I enjoyed myself writing this and reading it! . . . for the twelfth time, haha! So much research of my own story world going on right now.

Content Guide: Some inborn magical abilities, but there are definitely rules for those super abilities, and consequences when it is used incorrectly. Hints of affection between a married couple. Some sword play violence, mostly knocking people unconscious or hitting people.
Katie  Hanna
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Greetings, lords, ladies, peasants, and assorted jesters!

*sweeping bow whilst scattering fairy dust*

(Okay, okay, none of you are ACTUALLY peasants.  That would be very rude of me.  Of course I'm not suggesting anything of the sort.  ;-) )

Here's my review of the latest installment in Allison Tebo's The Tales of Ambia series: A Royal Masquerade.

First off, I'll give you Alli's official synopsis, since she explains things far better than I could:

"Burndee can barely tolerate the mischievous Prince C
Sarah Grace Grzy
*huge grins* That was fabulousness . . . I think TRG is still my fav tho. But really, the Burndee\Colin dialogue in this one is totally awesome. *falls into a fit of laughing again*
Our favorite grouchy young fairy godfather, Burndee, and his mischievous ward, Prince Colin, are at it again in the much-anticipated sequel to The Reluctant Godfather, and their newest shenanigans are not to be missed. Burndee and Colin's hysterical and exciting antics and adventures had me laughing through each and every page of A Royal Masquerade--and the events were often crazy and surprising. This book is incredibly well-written, and every sentence pulses with crisp and energetic wordcraft, ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is…
-A Goose Girl re-telling
-Saturated with humor
-A comic drama
-Full of mishaps

The Characters are:
-Hiding secrets
-A constant source of entertainment
-Often confused (mostly by Burndee)
-Larger than life
-Mistaken for another

Some of our heroes are:
Burndee. A reluctant Fairy Godfather. Avid Baker. Entertaining. Irritated by all humans besides his wife. Placed at a wedding. Quick tempered. Loveable in the strangest way. Quirky. Often treated overly politely because of his title.

This book was a heartbreaking disappointment. I came here for more Cynthia, and she just barely showed up in time for the end of the book. I am in tears.

Of laughter.

Allison is indeed the queen of comedic writing, and though the smack of farce was rather strong (as she notes in the intro!) this book was perfection. In fifty years, when Alli is a renowned children's author, I will still be preordering each of her books, taking great joy in both the pastry I shall be devouring with it and the fact
Liz F.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, this book was hilarious!! I loved it!

I still can't decide whether I like The Reluctant Godfather better or not... I think it's a tie... they're both awesome!! :D

Burndee started to learn how to control his temper better in this book which is probably a good thing for him. ;) But the whole thing with Colin, I found very funny. :)

I'm super excited for Colin and Cynthia too... ;) :D

My younger sister recently read The Reluctant Godfather and has been waiting for a few days for me t
Deborah O'Carroll
(Originally posted on my book blog.)

This book was absolutely SO MUCH FUN! Anyone who knows my reading taste probably knows that I ADORE humorous books, that I’m far more likely to fall in love with a story if there’s a favorite character (or two), and that I love retellings and fairytales. Put all three of those into a novella-sized package, and you have A ROYAL MASQUERADE.

I loved this book! As a sequel to The Reluctant Godfather, it follows the continuing adventures of Fairy Godfather Burndee,
Kellyn Roth
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-to-come
Review to come, but for now ...

This is officially my new favorite retelling of The Goose Girl fairytale. I didn't have a favorite before now because the few other Goose Girl retellings I've read before didn't do much for me. Even the original tale is low on my list of fairytales that I like because it's just so...simple I guess? Or maybe it's because the switching identifies thing has been done so many times that, for me at least, it can feel a little stale. A Royal Masquerade, however, gives the story of the Goose Girl fresh ...more
Tabi  (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kindle
'Burndee turned towards the carriage and reached up to lift down one of his cake boxes and clutched it to himself, extracting comfort from his baked goods. Today would be bad enough, but the thought of all those humans crammed into one place tomorrow, surrounding him, was almost more than he could stand.'


Wow this was a beautiful rollercoaster of a sitcom written so brilliantly it neither faltered nor rushed! I am a sucker for stories like this which are light-hearted, hilarious, well-written
Grace Morris
4.5 Stars! =D

This book is hilarious and fun! Burndee and Colin had me laughing. Especially because of a little problem Burndee was having. =D

This is a "Goose Girl" retelling. However, the "Goose Girl" parts were often happening from a far. This is both a genius and a little annoying. There were times I thought that the stuff happening between Burndee and Colin was getting a little unrealistic or something and there were times I really want the "Goose Girl" parts tied in a little more. That being
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 26-04-20

This one is a ROMP, folks, & I missed it. It's always lovely to have this series as a bit of fluffy comfort reading in less-than-fluffy times. All my other comfort reads are packed up (we're selling our house! in a pandemic! yay!) but fortunately I have the Tales of Ambia to re-read! Again!

Cynthia is my favorite, as always.

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Asdfghjkl IT'S HERE, FRIENDS. Now if only I could find my elusive kindle.

Also! Giveaway! Here!
Katelyn Buxton
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
~ I received a free advanced review copy of this book, therefore all of the following opinions are my own ~

Having read and loved The Reluctant Godfather earlier this year, I was only too willing to dive back into the world of Ambia and navigate another fairytale retelling alongside my favorite lovable grump: Burndee. And A Royal Masquerade delivered! The Reluctant Godfather was witty, hilarious, and meaningful for all its light-heartedness, and so is A Royal Masquerade.

Let’s talk about the chara
Angela Watts
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free ecopy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

A Royal Masquerade is like a giant cake—sweet, beautiful, and full of delicious surprises!

The writing style and setting were delightfully vivid and entertaining. Just like watching a play or being right there with the character! I could just imagine the garden and palace settings, as well as smell the baked goods. The writing style and setting snagged me in and I lo
I can just copy my review of The Reluctant Godfather: a funny re-telling of "The Goose Girl". Short - one afternoon, evening is enough. Surprising - I prefer this version from original! And I simply adore Burndee. In "A Royal Masquerade" I fell in love also with Colin.

I would have gladly read more of the dynamics between Burndee and Colin. They were such good friends (although I am not sure they knew that). But on the other hand, the length (rather short) of the story was perfect, there was no p
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As I closed out the final page of A Royal Masquerade, I tried to process into words how this book made me feel.

I was transported back to my childhood- summer days, blanket sprawled out, book in hand, completely lost in another world.

I haven’t felt that way, even with some of my most recent absolute loves, since my younger years. The writing left me unencumbered. I was swept up to an entirely different world with the most lovable, deeply developed characters and immersed in imagery that was a f
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Allison Tebo has done it again! Her newest installment in the Tales of Ambia series is just as delightfully charming as The Reluctant Godfather (though I think I prefer TRG, personally). I'm actually not familiar with the plot of the original Goose Girl story but it didn't cut down on my enjoyment of A Royal Masquerade. (Though I'll be sure to reread the book after acquainting myself with the original fairytale.)

Burndee remains, as ever, a unique protagonist. If I was the sort to call people my
S.G. Willoughby
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well that was fun! I think I actually liked it even better than the Reluctant Godfather. The style and feel were... delightful! I laughed a lot, and enjoyed this book very much. My only complaint was I'd hoped for at least a little more of Ella, but Burndee and Colin were a ton of fun. I knew nothing about the Goose Girl fairytale before reading this, so I can't speak for that, but I enjoyed all the new characters! Food fights. Ventriloquists. Meck. Irritable brothers in law. Disasters left and ...more
What an absolute hoot this is! What important role will a certain skunk play in a royal wedding? How will Burndee deal with what happens when his temper goes awry on a most important day?

I laughed myself silly over this humorous retelling story and my biggest question is how Alli manages to come up with this was just so funny and so unexpected! I think I like it even a bit better than “The Reluctant Godfather” and I really can’t wait for the next book in the series. This one’s beauti
So, I needed something light and cute and I knew this would fit the bill. Allison Tebo has an amazing writing style, it is able to portray images very well and keep a fast pace. I admire the way the characters were built, and the follow through with the character development.
That being said, this book had a bit too much of a frantic pace for me. The whole book takes place in one day, and there is never a place to catch your breath. I don't like that frantic feeling.
So this was a good book. Mayb
Merie Shen
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful companion to the first book <3 ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I possibly- very, very possibly- liked this one better than the first book in the series! And that's saying a lot because The Reluctant Godfather was quite fun. Now, to Google the actual fairy tale so I can appreciate the genius of this retelling even more.

Yep, that's right-wing I'm not even familiar with the original fairy tale and I loved this book. It's amusing and fun and, let me just tell you, super affirming of independent women and there is just SO MUCH YES here.

Readers, be war
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“It must be dreadfully inconvenient to be nice and polite every day, he thought drearily. And caring what other people think takes up a lot of time.”

BURNDEE AND ELLA ARE BAAAAAACK! Oh my word peeps, what do I say?!

This book went above and beyond everything I expected. With her usual wit and amazing clean humour, Allison Tebo yet again concocted a read that has me absolutely thrilled. I (being the uninformed person I am lol) had thought for one painful moment that though this book was set in Amb
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, I read this awhile ago, but this book... wasn't for me. *hides* I'm rating it just barely a three star rating.
Bethany Kellam
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Probably my favorite retelling of The Goose Girl!
This was a unique spin on this fairytale, and of course, Burndee's in it. Who could ask for anything more?
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ahh, I really liked this! RTC.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Royal Masquerade piggybacks off of the Cinderella retelling, The Reluctant Godfather, with the same characters, however this time, we read a new take on The Goose Girl, a bit of a lesser known fairy tale. This novella can be read as a standalone though I recommend reading both.

Burndee and Prince Colin are easily one of my favorite literary duos! They are so entertaining and I love their silly adventures!

In this story, I felt like both characters really came to life and some parts of their pers
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE

Burndee-Forever my favorite. Sarcasm and baking and a magnificent character.
Colin-A bit irritating in this one, but he did have good points and the cooperation with him and Burndee was hilarious
-The plot-I love the original fairytale of The Goose Girl, violent creature that I am, but this was such a sweet retelling and I liked that it upended the original ending.
-Cynthia and Ella-Not in this very much, but when they did make an appearance, it was a good one. And that's all I'll say
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Allison Tebo is a Christian writer committed to creating magical stories full of larger-than-life characters, a dash of grit, and plenty of laughs. She is the author of the Tales of Ambia, a series of romantic comedy retellings of popular fairy tales and her flash fiction and short stories have been published in Splickety, Spark, Inklings Press, Rogue Blades Entertainment, and Pole to Pole Publish ...more

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The Tales of Ambia (4 books)
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